Call for applications – Doctoral Fellowship at the new Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies.

June 7, 2012


Doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies Attention : application deadline = 30 juin 2012

The newly established Max Planck-Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (see invites applications for one or more PhD student positions. The recipient of the PhD fellowship will be formally enrolled through the Ecole Doctorale de Sciences-Po under the supervision of Marion Fourcade (see

Note that it may also be possible to enroll for a joint degree with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, provided both directors agree. See

The thesis project should be linked to the research rubrics singled out by the Max-Planck-Sciences Po center for special emphasis, though empirical research topics may be quite varied. These broad research themes include but are not limited to:

The political consequences of economic crises, including political conflicts over attributions of responsibility.

The moral boundaries of economic discourses, instruments and policies: for instance, the definition and punishment of economic crimes; the political uses of incentives; the new forms of surveillance in employment policies or social policies; the implementation of bailouts (corporate, bank, nations) … Changes in socio-technical devices in credit markets, employment, health, environment, financial markets …

Eligibility: The candidate will hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) and have received at least some training in one or more of these disciplines: sociology, economics, history, management, political science, or philosophy. S/he must have experience with qualitative and quantitative methods. There is no nationality requirement, however working knowledge of English and/or French is necessary.

Fellowship amount: € 2,100 / month (gross salary, about 1,600€ net); 3-year contract; one 12-weeks teaching or administrative requirement, preferably in the first year of the fellowship (to be negotiated with the PhD adviser).

Application Deadline: 30 June 2012.

Application Documents

• a CV/resume

• a transcript of records

• a cover letter briefly describing your intellectual trajectory so far and discussing the themes that interest you (2 pages maximum)

• a thesis project (5,000 words maximum)

• a writing sample (article, thesis, term paper, …)

• if possible, we strongly encourage you to obtain one or more letters of recommendation (especially useful is a letter from your MA adviser)

Please email the complete file to by the deadline (write “APPEL DOCTORAT 2012” in the subject line). Incomplete files will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Applicants may be called for an audition between June 30 and July 30, 2012. Please indicate any time constraints in your letter and your availability for an online interview, if need be.


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